Run Report #323 – March 9th 2019

Please see this week’s Run Report written by Mark Pinney from the Stevenage parkrun.

Apart from Mark, this week we also had 2 other volunteer-tourists:

Sandra Rhodes (Photographs – Kings Lynn)

Karen Chadwell (Tail Walker – Cardiff).

Thank you to all 3 of you for coming along. We really appreciate it.

David

Co-ED UCp

 

Windy? Just a bit!

Over recent days I haven't seen the weather report so turned up at the very lovely Upton Court parkrun not knowing quite what to expect. On exiting the large car park, it was clear it was going to be a very windy morning, with just a little chill in there too.

As a parkrun tourist I travel to a different parkrun each week. With Upton Court parkrun being only 30 minutes from home (Kings Langley near Watford) I had the luxury of a lie-in. We met up with some of our friends in the car park who had been to Upton Court once before so they explained the course, pointed out Windsor Castle in the distance and chatted about all things parkrun.

There were plenty of tourists this morning, a lot of whom were collecting their 'U' for the Alphabet Challenge, so it was lovely to see so many happy, smiley faces at the start. For those of you who don't know, the strange yellow bobble hats and neck tubes that have a picture of a cow on them, signify that the person is a parkrun tourist. We're a friendly bunch so please do come over to us and say hi, you're likely to get a very friendly response.

After the run brief from the Run Director, which very kindly included a shout out to the tourist volunteers, we were on our way. The course was surprisingly leg-sapping on the grassy bits, especially when that wind was blowing directly into our faces, but you don't hear parkrun complaining. We're a hardy bunch and everyone enjoyed the event immensely. There was even a fireman running in full gear, including oxygen mask!

I'd like to say a big thank you to all of the volunteers for running such a great event and ensuring it went smoothly and safely:

Michael Terence BALLARD, James BATES, Karen CHADWELL, Harbhajan DHILLON, Lisa DOIDGE, Bob HARDMAN, Sam HELSBY, Christopher HUNT, Caren HUNT, Michelle JENKINS, Aman JOHAL, Christina LOWE, Avtar MOOKAR, Mark PINNEY, Sandra RHODES, David ROSS, Matt SMITH, Nidhi VAIDYANATH

Some of you may have noticed me with a GoPro on my head as I like to video all of my parkruns and put them on YouTube for other parkrunners, so please have a look and see if you can spot yourself. Some photos of the volunteers and runners can be seen at the end of the fast version of the video.

The FAST version can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lTHt3mpv6k

The FULL version can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o05Xr2VqTK0

On to the stats....

This week we had 187 runners, joggers and walkers. 13 UNKNOWNSs (don't forget your barcode next week), 69 Females and 105 Males.

First 3 Males to finish were Paul O'NEIL in 19:11, Robert ALBERY in 19:35 and Joseph Alexander ACLAND in a new PB of 19:50. First 3 Female finishers were Anne-Marie CLIFFORD in 22:03, Cat FOSTER in 23:44 and Helena DENNIS in 24:18.

There were an astonishing 33 parkrunners who were new to Upton Court of whom 5 were doing their first ever parkrun, and an amazing 16 PB's. So well done to everyone and we hope to see you back next week.

The "most runniest runner" was Bob HARDMAN on 359 parkruns, but there were 8 other members of the 250 Club, 36 members of the 100 Club, 40 members of the 50 Club and 7 members of the 10 Club present. Official milestones achieved today were Jill GILMOUR, Sandra RHODES and Stehpen RHODES who all joined the 50 Club and Munsukh SINGH who joined the 10 Club. Well done everyone!!!

The person who has run at Upton Court more often than anyone else is Satnam SINGH who has run an amazing 288 times here out of a possible 323. Well done Satnam, that's commitment!!

Other news....

We now have two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week. "Free Weekly Timed" is the offical parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independent parkrun-based podcast (some of you may remember Danny and Nicola from the much loved "The parkrun Show"). I thoroughly recommend them both.

Mark Pinney (A2522444)